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Long COVID & Workers

While most people with COVID-19 recover within a few days or weeks, some people may experience new, returning, or ongoing symptoms and health problems after infection. This condition is known as long COVID, also known as post-COVID conditions.

The symptoms of long COVID vary from person to person and can affect someone physically, mentally, and emotionally. This condition can affect many areas of the body, including the heart, stomach, brain, intestines, and reproductive system.

Anyone who has had COVID-19 can develop long COVID symptoms, including people who had COVID-19 with no symptoms or mild symptoms.

People with long COVID may find it difficult to return to work due to symptoms such as brain fog, fatigue, shortness of breath, and pain that can interfere with performing their usual tasks. Many workers with long COVID benefit from workplace accommodations that make it possible to continue working.

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Accomodations for Employees with Long COVID

As of July 2021, long COVID is considered a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and employers must make reasonable accommodations for these workers.

Employers can support employees experiencing long COVID by implementing workplace accommodations. For example, providing seating for an employee who usually stands at work may alleviate the effects of shortness of breath caused by long COVID.

Appropriate accommodations vary from person to person, but can include:

  • Allow rest breaks
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Telework options
  • Ergonomic seating
  • Specialized equipment

Offering workplace accommodations for employees with long COVID can help employers retain skilled employees, increase productivity, reduce absence, and improve workplace morale.

Requesting Workplace Accomodations

Employees with long COVID are entitled to reasonable workplace accommodations and may submit a request to their employer for any accommodations needed to perform their essential job functions.

An employer may request medical documentation and ask questions to clarify the need for accommodation. However, an employer may not request documentation that is unrelated to determining the existence of a disability or the need for accommodation.

Long COVID Prevention

​​The best way to prevent long COVID is by taking precautions to prevent COVID-19. This includes getting the COVID-19 vaccine and booster and wearing a face mask that has both good fit and good filtration, like an N95, KN95, or KF94.
FAQs

Where can I get care for long COVID in California?

Talk to your healthcare provider to review the options in your area.

Additionally, Survivor Corps has a list of Post-COVID Care Centers in California. They offer services such as specialty consultation, therapy, and rehabilitation.

Are there support groups for people with long COVID?

Yes, there are support and patient advocacy groups for people with long COVID including: Survivor CorpsBody PoliticLong COVID Alliance, and Long COVID Kids.

CDC resources include: Caring for People with Post-COVID Conditions and How Right Now.


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